The fall of the foams

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I really apologize for not writing lately. I really appreciate all those who read this blog. Was actually in Vancouver, Canada and Portland Oregon last week. I didn’t get to hit up any sneaker spots other than “Livestock” in Vancouver Canada. It was a boutique that sold Nike’s and Jordan’s.

This week at the shop I was given a stack of “Wu Tang” and “Wolf Grey” Foamposites to post on eBay. (insert X smirk). Anyways I just wanted to write about the decline of foamposites in the past 5 years.

When I first started at the store back in 2011 foamposites were hot. I could be wrong but I think every foamposite that released actually re-sold for over retail. Nowadays, Nike would be lucky if a foamposite would even sell out in retail stores.

I actually don’t own or wear any foamposites but I was a huge fan of the shoe.

Have you ever put on a shoe that you like the look of but when its on your foot, it just looks funny? Yeah, that’s how I feel about the foamposites. Huge fan of the shoe but when it’s on my foot it just looks weird.

Every foamposite release after the whiteout foamposite is when the downfall started and when the thermal map and weatherman’s came out, those are what killed em. That’s what happens when you flood the market with weak colorways.

I’ve been listening to a few podcasts lately while I work, and I’m going to take JJ Reddick’s “4 on 4” concept to Tucked Laces. Each blog topic I will try to have a top 4 of whatever that topic might be that week.

This week’s top 4 will be my personal all-time favorite foamposites.

 

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#4 “Stealth” – released in 2012 super clean and can match anything. 

 

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#3 “Eggplant” – released in 2009 and 2010 which I always found funny. Why would you release a shoe twice in consecutive years?

 

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#2 “Royal” – released a handful of times 1997, 2007, 2008 and 2011 again why would you release a shoe back to back years?

 

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#1 “Paranorman” – of course I had to go with the Paranormans because of a personal history with them. I wish I had a personal picture of them, I don’t even think I had an iPhone at the time. Late to the game, I know, right.

 

Image’s taken from www.solecollector.com and www.modern-notoriety.com

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New Orleans

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Recently I just went on a trip with my brother and his friend to New Orleans. Passed up a trip with the store to Vegas by the way too. But I’ve done Vegas enough times and only been to New Orleans once before.

 

I always spend at least a couple hours going back and forth between what shoes I should bring for vacationing. I ended up just wearing the white Adidas Ultra Boost. I really love the comfort of the Ultra Boosts for travelling, I just really need to find a black or grey pair. White shoes are really my go-to but after wearing them once they are already dirty as hell.

 

Bourbon street was too wild for me as the last time I was there I spent most of my time on Bourbon street. Cool vibe but I can’t party like that anymore. Frenchmen was definitely more my speed for nightlife and the live music was amazing. The food scene alone in New Orleans is worth travelling for, too many to name.

 

Sneaker wise there wasn’t many shops that I could find. Didn’t find any consignment shops even when I googled it. I came across a shop called “LIVE” that sold high end sneakers like Raf Simons and Y-3 but I’m not really into that. Right next to it was a retail shop that reminded me of the store BAIT. Had a good selection of runners like Asics and New Balances, plus a good selection of clothing. I did see a guy wearing Tan Yeezys on the swamp tour but he looked like a tourist. Actually probably only tourists go on the swamp tour to begin with.

 

New Orleans is definitely recommended to visit; I am for sure coming back some day. Thanks NOLA!

 

Side note: Funny story today at the shop. I just spoke about nicknames in my last post and today a customer called in about an order he had made on our site. He ordered the “Countdown Pack” Jordan 10’s. His complaint was that he didn’t receive the other shoe that came in the pack which was supposed to be the Jordan 13’s. Yes we all know that in 2008 the Nike Air Jordan “Countdown Pack” came with TWO pairs of shoes. The two pairs of numbered Jordan’s added up to #23, Michael Jordan’s jersey number. So long story short, the customer assumed he was supposed to receive both pairs of shoes because we nicknamed the shoe “Countdown Pack”. I can see where there might be some confusion but if the pictures only show one shoe, and the prices is that low, never mind, you can’t go assuming anything nowadays.

Thanks for reading everyone! Don’t have any shoe pictures from my trip but will definitely share my food pics.

Pizza from Domenica's

Pizza from Domenica’s

Shrimp and grits from Luke's

Shrimp and grits from Luke’s

Shrimp po boy from parkway bakery

Shrimp po boy from parkway bakery

Fried chicken from Neyows

Fried chicken from Neyows

Chargrilled oysters from Neyows

Chargrilled oysters from Neyows

Lamb Neck from Toups Meatery

Lamb Neck from Toups Meatery

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Nicknames

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                Amidst all this Kevin Durant madness (which I am crazy excited for, shout out my dude X for being a Laker fan still, we welcome you here with open arms on Warrior’s ground) I’m going to be writing about sneaker nicknames.

 

              My main job here at Sole is to post our eBay auctions. Most Jordan’s have a nickname like “Black Toe, Space Jam, Breds.” I have the toughest time with the New Balance’s, Asics, etc. I always have to google search what they’re called which is a pain but cool to find out the story behind some of the lesser known kicks out there.

 

              An issue I always have is deciding what I should title the sneaker. What will get the most search results on eBay? Are “White and Red” Jordan 14’s called “White and Red” or are they called “Candy Cane?” Are 2008 CDP Jordan 13’s called “White and Black” or are they called “He Got Games?” Or is it disrespectful to call the CDP and Original “White and Black” Jordan 13’s the “He Got Games?” Every time I post shoes with multiple nicknames I always take a few minutes and struggle with what I should call them. I basically just go with White/Red and White/Black for the 2 mentioned above.

 

             I wanted to blog about nicknames because we were talking about sneaker nicknames at the store today and it always makes me laugh when people refer to certain shoes with a different nickname. No I am not laughing at people’s knowledge of sneakers; I’m just laughing at the nicknames themselves.

 

             A few of the common mispronunciations that I hear a lot are Bordeaux’s being called Bor-Dox, Year of the Rabbit’s being called Yo-Ter. And Bred’s being called Breeds, like animals breeding.

 

             My favorite though, has to be the recent Olive Nike Air Foamposites. A customer came in once and said, “Aye yall got the beef and broccoli foams?” That one had me laughing so hard I have to share it with the sneaker world.

 

            What are some of your favorite nicknames for sneakers? Let me know if I missed any!

White/Black? He got game?

White/Black? He got game?

Breeds? Black and Red Space Jams?

Breeds? Black and Red Space Jams?

Scotty wore these to work the other day and of course since everyone at work is a troll, I told him nice Black Cement Phat 1 Lows bro.

Scotty wore these to work the other day and of course since everyone at work is a troll, I told him”Nice Black Cement Phat 1 Lows bro.”

 

 

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Intro to Sole Restorer

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When I first started working at Sole one of the proposed jobs/ventures that was presented to me was to start restoring shoes for customers through the shop.

 

My good childhood friend Ken Chan aka Kention aka T-Rex started experimenting with restoring Jordan’s in his own garage. He had his own little setup and showed us some before and after pictures of these 2010 Cool Grey 11’s he was working on. They were a worn pair and he had them looking completely blue with zero yellowing or greying of the soles.

 

At the time this was pretty amazing. As we all know the clear soled Jordan’s yellow so easily even if you don’t wear it. So making it clear again, was a complete game changer at the time.

 

So come May 2012 Sole Restorer was born. Ken put together a nice little indoor light set up that we put in the 2nd store of Sole. We worked out of this little closet space which was pretty small but a great experience.

 

Running Sole Restorer with one of my best friends, allowed us to really experience how it is to run a business. Of course the money wasn’t there but everything else was real life, hands on of how to run a business.

 

It really also got us to connect with the sneaker community first hand. At the time I really just wanted to be a behind the scenes person because I’m so introverted. But with Sole Restorer, it allowed me to share a common interest with sneakerheads and converse about a common problem they all had.

 

Yeah I know, there are those out there that claim “Yellowed” sneakers show character, or whatever you want to call it. Yeah right, I think that is complete bullsh*t. When I see a pair of icy blue Jordan 11 Concords, I think to myself, “Damn, that’s icy.” Never would I want my pair to be piss yellow and have to keep explaining to people that yellowed soles=character. Yeah, have fun with that one.

 

 

*Some random pictures of my experiences with Sole Restorer. Plenty more to come!

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ParaNorman

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Back in 2012 Nike came out with a shoe called the Nike Air Foamposite “ParaNorman”. They were released only thru a contest in a limited number of pairs.  The head of the studio that created ParaNorman, Laika, is Travis Knight who is Phil Knight’s son, the founder of Nike.

 

At the time I just started working at Sole full time. We were in our 2nd store which now we use as storage for eBay and Sole Steals.

 

The goal of the contest was to send in a photo of when you were a kid being weird or different. The synopsis of ParaNorman was about a weird kid fitting in and battling ghosts and zombies.

 

Of course everyone at the time was trying to obtain these shoes, so I of course submitted my entry as well. I submitted a picture that my mom took of me dressed up as a girl at about 3-4 years old (SMH mom). A couple days later I got the direct message that I won!

 

You can ask the guys at the shop, I don’t seem to have the greatest of luck in this buy and flip thing that most people do. Probably the reason why I don’t pursue buying shoes on release date and trying to flip them or sit on them to gain value (plenty more stories about this in the future).

 

I got the ParaNorman’s for free and of course the question from everyone at the store was, are you going to keep them or sell them? At the time, a broke fresh outta college student, easy, I was going to sell them.

 

I had them on the web shop for $2500 for months and it didn’t sell. Less than 6 months later, I sold them to a customer who came into the store and offered $1800 cash.

 

Of course it’s a win-win situation because I got the shoes for free. But if you want to talk about maximizing profit, let’s just not talk about that.

 

Few pics from our 2nd store.

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Ever so changing market

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Funny how the sneaker market changes so quickly. When I first started working at Sole, Nike Lebron 8 South Beach colorway was the current day Adidas Yeezy Boost. This week on eBay I posted over 5 DS pairs starting at 99 cents. We normally don’t post DS heat on eBay. Not sure the exact price but they were going for well over $1000.

For those of you who buy shoes from us on eBay be prepared this coming Monday. I do all the eBay listings for Sole and out of all the years I have been doing this, this week I’m excited for. There is going to be a ton of heat going up that you can probably get for steals. We are clearing out a bunch of Lebron, KD, Kobe, old Jordan retros and SB’s. All brand new, all starting at 99 cents so we let it go for whatever it ends for. I think this is the week you can get a ton of heat for under market value.

I find it funny how the sneaker market changes so quickly. If all the Nike basketball heat are going straight to eBay, general release Jordan’s quick cashing for under retail, what’s left? I guess as a business you just have to be able to adjust on the fly, it’s part of the risk we take when we quick cash customers.

As a consumer, now is the best time to get some of the shoes that you really wanted for a decent price. I remember when the Nike KD IV Weatherman first came out. I thought, “Man I need these to hoop in.” DLew asked me the day after it came out if I wanted em for $200 beans. I thought to myself “HELL NO, PASS!” A little while later, I want to say they went for over $1000. It’s just the ups and downs of the sneaker market.

Got a couple guest bloggers for Tucked Laces coming up soon. Stay tuned, I hope to bring some guest bloggers from the community that can tell their story to all of you out there.

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Personal Pickups

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What means more to you, how expensive a shoe is or how hard is it to get?

 

Working at a consignment store makes it that much worse. I have access to pretty much ANY shoe I want. I try to keep my collection to a rotation of no more than 10 pairs (I know, first world problems).It really tests my self-control. I like to think of myself as a pretty practical guy. I am definitely the most conservative in terms of expensive tastes at the shop.

 

The other day Bjourne pulls out a yeezy box from who knows where and goes “Yo Ree you mess with these?” It was a pair of Yeezy Boost 350 Turtle Doves, worn, size 8. For me, I like to buy shoes that have a higher than retail value, worn so I can wear them at a more reasonable cost if that makes any sense. I’m not a collector so I never keep any shoe deadstock. So we all know how hard it is to find an excellent condition Turtle Dove for a decent price.

 

We bought them in at $900 according to DLew. Scotty said $800 but I guess that got overruled real quick. So I ended up trading in a few pairs that went to beater boxes. Asics Gel Lyte V “Champagne”, Nike Zoom KD IV “Black N7”, Nike Air Max 1 “Denim”, Nike Air Max 90 “London” were the 4 pairs I gave up for a value of $220. So all in all I paid $680 for the Turtle Doves.

 

That is THE MOST I will ever pay for a pair of sneakers I will wear. I know that it will still hold its value if I keep it in good condition. But I just contradicted the earlier statement of calling myself a “Practical” guy. Just the idea of spending damn near $700 dollars for a pair of shoes the average person must think I am insane. But hey I am positive that that is not even near what some of you serious sneakerheads out there spend on a pair. So I’ll make myself feel better with that said.

 

Until I got the Turtle Doves, the most expensive sneaker I owned were the Nike Air Max 1 “Clot”. I got them a couple years ago from the store as a Christmas present. They only released in China and DLew used his China connect to get them for me. When the images first came out I asked DLew if he can use his connect to get them for me. He goes in and out of the “Zone” as we at the store like to call it, so I’m not sure when or if at all he heard my requests. But came Christmas time he surprised me with them. I would actually consider these more valuable than the Turtle’s just because there is a backstory to them.

 

What shoe is most valuable to you? Let me know!

 

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Cleveland

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I just landed in Cleveland Ohio for NBA Finals game 4. Pretty juiced right now!

Other than the game we don’t have any specific plans. I was told Joe Hayden owns a sneaker consignment store so we will try to check that out. If anyone has any other suggestions on where to go in Cleveland hit me up on Instagram. I will update this post with more details later, for pics follow us on Instagram. Go Dubs!

*update

What an amazing night, for a Warrior fan! Great game as both teams were going at it the whole night. As a Warrior fan in Cleveland, we were being givin a hard time the whole day but in good competitive fun. I respected the people of Cleveland for that. All game no one did anything malicious to us as we were cheering for the road time either. Minus the kid who yelled “F*CK Golden State!” and proceeded to flip us off but hey, I understand his frustration and will let that one slide. His dad ended up dragging him away and leaving shortly after.

We stopped by Restock Cleveland which is owned by Joe Hayden. The store is super nice and has that clean boutique feel. Didn’t buy anything obviously but I like checking out other consignment shops especially while travelling. Nice store Restock!

Cleveland really gets a bad rap for being a boring city. The food was amazing and the people were great! Cleveland is definitely an underrated city. Yes, Joakim Noah, there are people that vacation to Cleveland.

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Never pay retail

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Part of my job is to post brand new GR’s (general release) on eBay when they come in to the shop. The guys who buy them in just stack them on a back table so sometimes it can get pretty hectic.  I love doing this because as my coworkers know, I probably have the LEAST valuable collection of everyone.

My go-to’s are runners of any brand, Asics Gel Lyte V’s, Nike Flyknit Racers or Prestos, and of course Adidas Ultra Boost and NMD’s. It took me a while to hop on the Ultra Boost bandwagon because I’m the type to NOT give into the hype but hey, look at where I work.

I say never pay retail because a lot of the stuff that we get in we also don’t pay retail for. So of course the perks of the job I get them at our cost. But if there are GR shoes that I want that we don’t get in, the best thing to do is wait. I know being a sneakerhead waiting is probably THE hardest thing to do next to working out or dieting but in order to save money, WAIT!

I know that not everyone is as lucky as me where I can just show up to work and choose between some of my favorite shoes for a bargain. Don’t worry, you can still get GR runners at UNDER retail if you just wait. Some of my favorite sites to use are kicksdeals, sneakersteals, and of course, shameless plug, solesteals. Shout out to my boy Scotty aka Sneakerslut aka Chunky’s pops aka Raef Lafrentz.

Honestly if I didn’t work at Sole and I would definitely get a solesteals membership. You get most if not ALL of the GR Jordan’s and many others for BELOW retail for $20 beans a month? Why not?

But anyways kicksdeals and sneakersteals are where I get most of my Asics at under retail. The Gel Lyte V is probably the most underrated runner in my opinion. More comfortable than Flyknit Racers and just as comfortable as Ultra Boosts minus the hype. Most Asics you can get at retail or below if you are patient and just wait.

I know girls will disagree with me but you can also try to find used sneakers from your local consignment shop or our eBay. The value of shoes drop so much after they are worn. You can still get very good condition shoes for a good deal if they’re worn versus deadstock.

So lesson to all including myself, be patient!

Only shoe I paid retail was the white ultraboost. Asics and NMDs under retail. Multi 2.0 Flyknit under retail, worn.

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Reebok Celebrates Allen Iverson’s Birthday with “White Party” Question Release

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A Look Back on AI’s Career Highs
BY: Michael Geslani

Today is Allen Iverson’s birthday and to celebrate Reebok is releasing the “White Party” Questions below:

Here at Tucked Laces we decided to celebrate one of the greatest NBA players by highlighting some of his career-highs with Career High:

50 pts vs Cavaliers 1997 Rookie Season – AI had a stellar rookie season and the number 1 draft pick took little time to show why he was a force to reckon with by scoring 40 or more points in four consecutive NBA games with a 50 game career-high against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

54 pts vs Raptors 2001 Playoff Game 1 & 52 pts vs Raps Game 5 – The remarkable 2001 Philadelphia Sixer’s run to the finals started with AI putting up 54 points against the Toronto Raptors in game 2 of the 2001 playoffs then days after scoring 52 points to blow out the Raptors in Game 5.

48 pts vs Lakers 2001 NBA Finals Game 1 – AI made it to the finals with a squad that wasn’t very talented in 2001 but he did manage to steal game 1 against a deep Lakers squad. He scored 48 points, with six assists and five steals, in leading the 76ers over the Lakers, 107-101, in Game 1 of the 2001 NBA Finals.

60 pts vs Magic 2005 Regular Season – AI had to do Dwight Howard dirty his rookie year by dropping his career-high 60 points with six assists and five steals on route to winning 112-99.

$40,000 vs Strip Club 2005-06 Season – This isn’t quite a career-high but we decided at Tucked Laces this goes down as one of the most trill things we heard about AI was from his former teammate Matt Barnes, who told Sports Illustrated last year, “Allen was the first guy that showed me how NBA players spend money in strip clubs,” Barnes says. “That guy went. HARD. He’d throw so much money, and this was when I was first in the league, that I used to take my foot and scoop the s— under my chair and either re-throw it or put some in my pocket. He’d throw $30,000, $40,000 every time we went. I’m like, ‘You realize what I can do with this money?’”

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